The Positive Discipline Association promotes and encourages the development of life skills and respectful relationships in families, schools, businesses and community systems.
Discipline Association, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
promoting the principles of Positive Discipline. Positive Discipline is
fundamentally based upon the work of Alfred Adler, an Austrian
psychiatrist of the early 20th century. Adler believed the behavior of
human beings was based upon their desire to better themselves in life
and that all human beings are equal, worthy of dignity and respect. He
valued a sense of community and taught that the most basic need of
people was to feel a sense of belonging to a group and a sense that
they were capable of contributing to the well being of the group.
realized one of the primary tools for helping people with mental health
problems was the power of encouragement. His teachings are consistent
with the principles of democracy in our country and are the earliest
foundation for the Positive Discipline movement in the United States.
Slightly later, Rudolph Dreikurs, another Austrian psychiatrist,
elaborated upon Adlerian Psychology and became a strong advocate for
teaching parents and teachers of all socioeconomic levels effective
ways to help children and families. Most recently, the work has been
adapted by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, and expanded to address the needs
of families, schools, and children today. Their enthusiastic efforts
have reached thousands of parents, teachers and community educators
over a period of more than 30 years.
in the family setting, Positive Discipline teaches important social and
life skills, in a manner that is respectful to both the adults and
children - raising young people to be responsible, respectful and
resourceful members of their community. Children who grow up in
Positive Discipline homes have a sense of connection to their community
(home, school), feel their input is regarded as meaningful and are less
likely to engage in "mis" behavior. To be successful members of the
community children need to be taught the necessary social skills.
Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must
be taught and that discipline teaches. Family Meetings are a key
component of the Positive Discipline home.
applied in the school setting, Positive Discipline educates teachers
about the importance of belonging and significance, respect for all
people, encouragement, strategies for reducing misbehavior, and the
development of problem solving and communication skills for students
and staff. One key component is regularly scheduled Class Meetings
which provide a problem solving forum and reduce the number of
interruptions to teaching time. Positive Discipline materials provide
teachers with specific lessons to use with children from preschool to
high school age to teach healthy self-discipline. Teachers report they
enjoy teaching more because Positive Discipline promotes better
discipline in their classrooms and more cooperation among students,
thereby providing more teaching time.
Care Centers, After School Programs and other community agencies also
benefit from the use of the same Positive Discipline approaches. A wide
range of books and manuals addressing child development, Positive
Discipline principles and special family situations is available.
Typical book titles include Positive Discipline for Preschoolers,
Positive Discipline for Teens, Positive Discipline for Your Stepfamily,
Positive Discipline in the Classroom, and Positive Discipline: A
Teacher’s A to Z Guide.
Corporation, Positive Discipline Association, exists to strengthen
families, schools, and communities. It provides training for trainers
who educate parents (including foster parents and house parents for
residential settings), teachers, administrators and other helping
professionals. It provides training materials and follow-up services.
All the work is based upon Adlerian/Dreikursian principles for issues
relating to parenting, guidance, discipline, relationships,
communication skills, and team building. Specific target groups for
workshops or trainings include, but are not limited to:
• Parents, grandparents, foster parents and other family caregivers
• Parent educators
• Teachers and school administrators for preschool through grade12
• Child-care providers
• Therapists, counselors, social workers
• Community organizations
• Communities of faith
• Corporate trainers
or workshops are offered by Certified Positive Discipline Associates,
primarily in a two-day, experiential, format in various locations
around the country. Rigorous training, continuous networking, and an
annual Think Tank assures a high level of competency among associates.
Training is also provided upon request to an entire school or agency
staff. A fourteen hour program format is available specifically for
educating parents and/or teachers. Provisions are in place to offer
scholarships and a reduced fee schedule for individuals of low to
moderate income who might find the fee prohibitive for workshops and
Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and
educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
Without limitation of the foregoing, the Corporation has the following specific purposes.
Positive Discipline Association will provide:
high quality, up-to-date training for Positive Discipline facilitators
who pursue certification toward becoming a Certified Positive
Discipline Associate or Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer.
annual training Think Tank where Certified Positive Discipline Lead
Trainers and Associates can share ideas and get support for their work.
high quality, up-to-date training for such groups as
counselors/therapists, parent educators/parent educator trainers,
childcare providers, teachers, school administrators and staff. that
that promotes developmentally appropriate self-discipline, respectful
relationships, cooperation and positive engagement in communities,
schools, families, child care centers and child care homes.
to provide training to others who are interested in building Adlerian
communities with a Positive Discipline foundation.
encouragement and skills training for parents to promote mutually
respectful relationships within families, between parents, children,
research documenting the outcomes of Positive Discipline training for
continuous improvement in the training tools used for teaching and
sharing Positive Discipline.
mission statement and statement of purpose is consistent with stated
purposes found in other corporate documents and in no way limits these